Coming Soon…..

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Sorry, I haven’t written on my blog for quite a while. But I never claimed to be a writer. I have always claimed to be a very bad speller. But I am going to get back to sharing my heart on my blog in the next few days. Thanks for sticking with me all this time . Or thanks for forgetting that .

In Christ

Pam Knight

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Let’s Give God Credit For His Sanctifying Work In Us 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

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I beseech you Brothers and Sisters in the Lord to please give God credit for HIS sanctifying work in you.
Let me begin by just first giving you some scriptures to read and meditate on about God’s work in and thru us.
1Thessalonians 5:23-24, 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13, Hebrews 12:14, 2 Peter 1:3-4, 2 Timothy 1:9, Ephesians 1:4, Ephesians 5:26-27, Romans 6:22, Romans 8:29, Galatians 2:20.

Let me just ask you this. Why are so many Christians today robbing God of His Glory in their lives by continually magnifying the remnants of their old life and lower nature by making statements like …”I may be the biggest sinner, hypocrite, backslider, failure, or mess” . What kind of testimony is that ? What is that saying about God’s work in sanctification ?

Romans 8:29 tells us that God predestined us to be molded into the image of His Son. 1 Thessalonians 5:24 tells us that God is FAITHFUL to do it. Philippians 1:6 tells us that God who began the good work in us will continue that work until the day of Jesus Christ.

It’s time we as Christians need to start believing and applying in our daily lives the very Gospel we preach.  What Hope do we have to offer the lost and dying world if all we ever say about ourselves is how big of a sinner, hypocrite and failure we are and NEVER share with them ALL the changes that God has made in our daily lives?

If you have been saved for any length of time and you are sharing with a group of people or posting on Facebook that you are probably the biggest sinner and hypocrite in the room….think about it…what is that saying about God? What is that saying about God’s work in sanctification?  Matthew 1:21 tells us that Jesus came to save his people from their sins. Well…is He or is He not doing that?

As Christians we should have a testimony of a changed Life. We should be able to tell people changes that God has made in our daily lives. Do we have any Hope to give sinners ? Let the Redeemed of the Lord say so.

I beg you to begin to share with the lost world the Hope that is found in Christ. I pray that your Life has the visual proof of the changes that God has made in your Life. I pray that your Life is proving what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God is as we see in Romans 12:2.

Let me give you the revealed mystery of all of this we have just talked about. It’s found in Colossians 1:26-27. Christ IN US the Hope of Glory. Our Hope of bringing God Glory in our daily lives is because Christ LIVES IN US TO DO THAT VERY THING. Because God is IN US we have everything needed for LIFE AND GODLINESS. Read 2 Peter 1:3-4. Read Romans 6 & 7 as Christians we are to RECKON ourselves dead to sin and alive to God , Romans 6:11. Galatians 2:20 tells us that God is alive and living inside of us. Let me ask you something…WHY do you think God is living in us ? And WHAT do you think He is doing in there? Well…the Word of God has the answers…Look it up…

  1. And please begin to share the glorious Truths about God’s work in your Life. God changes lives…

Please….Enough With The People Groups

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I’m sorry , but if I read one more article about “people groups” I think I am going to lose what little mind I have left. Every week in the Baptist Messenger you will find someone writing an article to introduce some “new people group” they have discovered.

Can we just start off with The Truth : As far as God is concerned there are only 2 people groups. Those Spiritually DEAD or those Spiritually ALIVE. The Bible also refers to these 2 groups as , those who are IN CHRIST or those who are NOT IN CHRIST or those who HATH the Son and those who HATH NOT the Son, 1 John 5:12.

When ever anyone begins to name “people groups” they themselves are guilty of encouraging division among people. We have enough of that going on right now from our leaders in Washington DC. It’s wrong for our Political leaders to use people for Political gain and it is just as wrong for our Christian Leaders to use people for numerical gain.

One more thing I read in a recent Baptist messenger was an advertisement about a Revival. What saddened me about it was instead of saying “The SERVICES start at 7pm” the advertisement said “The PERFORMANCE starts at 7pm” No wonder the Christian Church is in the condition it is in today. We should never expect REVIVAL in a Church where people are coming for a “PERFORMANCE”.

The Work of God… Is… God At Work…Not Us Doing His Work For Him

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My heart is saddened with the careless approach taken when dealing with the souls of people. There seems to be, although many times unintentional, a lack of trust that the Holy Spirit will do His job of softening the heart, and opening the mind, revealing the Truth, and convincing the person that they are a sinner in need of a Savior. There is a long list of why we are blinded to the enemies schemes to convince us to manipulate people’s emotions with methods and techniques out of a real desire to see people saved. But no matter how sincere our intentions may be, we need to realize that as ambassadors for Christ we just need to simply share with people the Gospel of Christ and then trust God to move in the hearts and minds of the people who hear it as Romans 1:16-17 assures us of. “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is God’s power working unto salvation (for deliverance from eternal death) to everyone who believes with a personal trust and a confident surrender and a firm reliance , to the Jew first and also to the Greek. FOR in the Gospel a righteousness which God ascribes is revealed, both springing from faith and leading to faith ( disclosed through the way of Faith that arouses to more Faith). As it is written, The man who through Faith is just and upright shall live and shall live by Faith.”

I want to share with you an excerpt from Major Ian Thomas’s book : The Mystery of Godliness.
You can find this book and others by Major Thomas on Amazon or any Christian book store, but I encourage you to order his books from his own ministry , at Torchbearers International, which you can do at the following web sites, Torchbearers.org or Ravencrest.org

The Quality of True Commitment

“But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because he knew all men. (John 2:24)

All that glitters isn’t gold, and in the light of all that we are about to consider, it may well be profitable for us to make a sober re-evaluation of those standards of commitment that are prevalent today and that pass muster for Christian dedication.
All too often quantity takes precedence over quality, and in this highly competitive age those outward appearances of “success” that are calculated to enhance the reputation of the professional preacher or the prestige of those who have promoted him are of greater importance than the abiding consequences of his ministry.
In an unholy ambition to get “results”, the end too often justifies the means, with the result that the means are certainly not always beyond suspicion, and the “results” to say the least, extremely dubious !
In this unhappy situation both the pulpit and the pew, carry their share of the blame, though I suspect that it started in the pulpit ! There are those who have insisted that to be valid, every spiritual transaction between the believer and his Lord must be matched by some outward physical act, and that apart from the accompanying act, no worth can be attached to the inward spiritual transaction.
Inevitably on the basis of this unfounded supposition, the work of the Holy Spirit in any given meeting through the ministry of the preacher, will be directly represented by the physical response of the congregation to some form of public appeal, “invitation” or so-called “altar-call” – a TERM that is singularly inappropriate IN VIEW OF the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ “has offered one sacrifice for sins for ever”(Heb. 10:12) and there is no place today for another altar in the church of the redeemed THE ALTAR HAS GIVEN PLACE TO A THRONE FOR THE EXALTED LORD  (May I just interject here that I believe
That most people and churches that refer to
The front of the church as an “altar” and the
Invitation as an “altar-call” are not thinking of it
In any way as another “sacrifice for sins.” But
Instead just giving people an opportunity to ask questions about
How to be born again or to publicly share that they have been born again and desire to be baptized.)

The terrible dangers inherent in such a fallacy, however are patently obvious !
The ambitious preacher, eager to climb the ladder of evangelical fame, and not altogether unmoved by the plight of the lost and the needs of the saints, will be subject to a temptation so strong, that for more than one it has proved to be irresistible – that of being heavily preoccupied with devising ways and means of ensuring that a large enough public “response” on the part of the congregation will adequately demonstrate the effectiveness of his preaching, vindicate his reputation, sufficiently reward the confidence of his sponsors, and suitably impress the crowd.
The preacher, of course, will not allow himself to be aware of the underlying motives which prompt the use of his clever techniques, being careful to persuade himself that they stem from what he would describe as a genuine “passion for souls”. But the sorry spectacle is exposed for what it is by the apparent indifference on the part of the preacher to the tragic aftermath of his endeavors, once “the show is over”.
It is little wonder that the pulpit, having drilled the pew into submission, now finds itself the victim of its own ill-conceived imposition, for the community which has been taught to accept outward, physical response to some public “invitation” as the criterion of spiritual success on the part of the preacher, invariably demands this tangible evidence of success on every occasion in which he engages in his ministry.
Thus the Pastor of a small church trapped in the grip of this vicious circle, may succeed over a period of time in bringing the whole of his congregation “out to the front” to stand at the communion rail in response to his many appeals – but having had all his people out once, it will be incumbent upon him to get them out all over again and again and again if his fervor and his zeal are not to be called into question by his church officers, and his pastorate, perhaps, become vacant.
The Pastor has no option under such circumstances but to whittle down the commitment he demands until its whole value and meaning has been lost, for it can never be final, otherwise he would preach himself out of business! Instead of being faced with complete capitulation to the Lord Jesus Christ, and final, irrevocable abandonment to all His will, the believer is presented again and again with “baby” issues, all of which should be comprehended in the greater, basic issue of true discipleship !
It is much easier to confront a person with his sins than it is to confront him with his “sin”, for as will be fully demonstrated in later chapters of this book, “sin” is an attitude which affects a man’s fundamental relationship to God; it has to do with what a man is; whereas “sins” have to do with what a man does, and we all have a happy knack of being able to detach what we do from what we are ! We are highly skilled in the art of self-justification and are able to produce innumerable reasons as to why what we did was excusable – even if it was wrong ! We can even feel heroic, almost virtuous, in accepting the blame for that which so obviously (to us) was only the natural , almost inevitable reaction to enticing, compelling or provocative circumstances or people ! For this reason a man can admit and be sorry for what he has done, without admitting what he has done is a result of what he is.
On this basis a person may be called upon a hundred times to face the lesser issues of what he has done, without once being confronted with the greater issue of what he is – indeed the “comfort” to be found in confession, bringing freedom from fear and relief from a bad conscience will eliminate for him the need for any basic change in his fundamental relationship to God. This kind of confession falls hopelessly short of real repentance and remains unmatched by any change of purpose; Moses reduced his people to tears again and again – but it left them in the wilderness ! They still had no heart for Canaan ! There was no lack of response to Moses preaching, but they would not do business with God ! “And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die !” (Exodus 20:19)
They wanted second-hand religion ! They wanted neither godlessness nor godliness – they did not know how to live, and they were afraid to die ! Commitment to the was on the installment system, and Moses was their broker !
Secondhand religion may keep a preacher in business and make him indispensable to his congregation, but it cannot produce discipleship; there will be no spontaneity of action nor any other evidence of that divine initiative in man which springs only from man’s total availability to God.
True commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ gives Him “right of way” and releases His Life through you in all the freshness and power of divine action, so that according to His gracious promise, out of you innermost being “springs and rivers of living water shall flow(continuously)” (John 7:38) and you do not have to push a river ! It cuts its own channel and cleanses as it flows !
In drawing attention to those glaring abuses that have done so much to discredit modern evangelism and conventional ministry. I do not suggest for one moment that there is not a legitimate place for the public profession of faith in Christ, nor would I insist that true commitment to Christ may never be accompanied by an outward witness to the fact. That would be to throw away the baby with the bath water, for without a doubt, there are many who have been greatly helped in their decision for Christ or in their commitment to Christ by a wise gracious invitation to act, rather than to delay further in yielding obedience to the Truth.
My plea is simply for reality – on God’s terms of reference ! It is for this reason also , that no matter how intensely I may dislike the shallowness and showmanship of men, in their abuse of the Holy art of preaching by the use of doubtful “response techniques.” I cannot on the other hand, endorse in any way the empty accusations made by the champions of hollow, ritualistic formalism, that all activity outside the established “practice of religion” within the “respectable church systems” is of necessity all “mere ignorant emotionalism.” That is sheer nonsense !

Are You Being Changed ?

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Understanding God’s purpose in Salvation which begins with the reconciliation, redemption, and regeneration of man makes all the difference in understanding what Salvation is really all about. As Christians we are moment by moment day by day being saved from who and what we are apart from God and being changed and molded into the image and likeness of Jesus Christ by His Life in us. We all need to look honestly into our own lives and judge ourselves to see ….do we see a change in our character and lifestyle from days gone by or are we about the same as we always have been for years and years ? If you are a Christian and you cannot see a difference in your character and behavior over the days, months and years then you really need to get alone with God and find out why. Because Salvation is not heaven one day…..Salvation is God in you RIGHT NOW molding you more and more into the image and likeness of His dear Son Jesus Christ.

My Favorites

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Just wanted to share with you some of my favorite things :

You Tube Video: Evangelism by Major Ian Thomas (all his videos are great)

Books: Bible- The Amplified Version
The Saving Life Of Christ/Mystery Of Godliness by Major Ian Thomas(2 Books in 1)
The Indwelling Life Of Christ-All Of Him In All Of Me by Major Ian Thomas
If I Perish I Perish-Study in the Book Of Esther by Major Ian Thomas

Sermon: The Much More Of God Romans 5:8-10 by Roland Tidwell

Hymn: Rescue The Perishing by Fanny Crosby

Bible Verse: Galatians 2:20

Dying To Live- A Positive Thing

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Philippians 1:21 For me to LIVE is CHRIST and to die is gain.

One of my very favorite preachers is Herb Reavis Jr. Pastor of North Jacksonville Baptist Church in Jacksonville Florida. You can listen to him online at njbc.org. But one of his repeated phrases in all of his opening prayers before he begins to preach is “Lord, I must decrease and you must increase, please speak to my mind and heart right now and use my lips to speak only what you would have me say to these who are here this morning.”

Well, that is exactly how I feel. I just want to be available for the Lord to use me in any way He chooses. And I know for that to be practically worked out in my Life I must ‘recon myself dead to sin…and alive to Christ’. In the scripture above I would like to look at it in a present tense way.’ For me to live IS CHRIST and to die IS GAIN ‘ Gain right now for me here on earth, not just someday in the future when I die. I must come to an understanding that to surrender 100% my plans, my wants, my desires, and my ambitions, and to submit my body, soul, and spirit to Christ, is in reality, a gain for me as I live here on earth. There is no better Life than a Life that has been 100% surrendered to Christ.

What higher goal could we have than the one expressed in this scripture by Paul ? He, I’m sure knew heaven would be a much better place to live, yet he was willing to stay here and allow himself to be an instrument of Christ righteousness. For those who don’t believe in God, life here on earth is all they have, so it is natural for them to work and strive for the things this world has to offer. But for Paul, Life meant allowing Christ to work in and thru him to reveal the character of Christ in him, which in turn allowed Paul to view Life from an eternal perspective. If you are not ready to die, then you are not ready to live. For whenever a person discovers his eternal purpose it is then that he is truly free to live without the fear of dying.

And in order to live the higher Life we must be willing to die to the lower life. You may ask, what must we die to? We must die to our ways of being and doing and handling situations (John 14:6, Matt 11:29). We must die to our own thoughts and operate with the mind of Christ (Phil. 2:5-8, Romans 12:2). We also need to learn to die to our feelings. This one seems to be the most difficult for us to do. We must die to being hurt and offended. We need to give up that carnal way of staying angry with people who disappoint us. The list is endless, but the bottom line is this: We must allow God to deal with us in whatever area He chooses, and we must cooperate in submission to Him instead of resisting His work in and thru us (Col.3:1-5) It truly is to our best interest to yield ourselves to the work of the Holy Spirit and allow Him to have divine control of our lives.

You may ask…How does the Holy Spirit do that ? One way is by placing before us people and circumstances that we cannot control. He wants us to grow to the place where people and circumstances that are out of our control, does not cause us to get out of control. It is so easy to throw fits when we cannot get our way or when we cannot control what is going on. And God will deal with that attitude in us until we learn not to be a controller. But until then He will keep putting us people and situations that we cannot control until we learn to yield to His divine control in our lives. The bible tells us that , as man, Jesus learned what it felt like and what it meant to be obedient to His Father, thru the things he suffered (Heb 5:8)

The Lord frequently uses an authority figure to train us in Godly behavior. There is probably nothing more difficult ( especially for strong-willed people) than to have a person in authority over them that they do not agree with yet to whom they must obey. God does put us around irritating people. Why ? Because these thorns in the flesh help get God’s work in us accomplished. There are of course other things God uses at times, such as, slow clerks at Wal-Mart or heavy traffic jams with stupid drivers every where you look. 🙂 But the bottom line is that God by His Holy Spirit is relentlessly working ‘to will and to do’ in and thru us whatever it takes to free us moment by moment from anything that would seek to have control of us. Grace……God’s power in us to free us from anything and everything that wants control of us. Gal. 2:20.

In Christ

Are You Being Stirred But Not Changed ?

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This week while I was online looking for some information about an Evangelist I was so saddened by the obvious modern contemporary culture I see with in the Evangelical Churches today where so many Pastors, Evangelist, and church leadership seem to be satisfied with their congregations being stirred but not changed. I believe we have allowed the enemy to deceive us into believing that a ‘busy lifestyle of doing good deeds for others, in the ‘name’ of Christ, as we, ‘just Love all over them’, is what Christ meant when He gave us His command in Matthew 28:19-20.

You see, satan doesn’t mind a bit for people to be busy doing ‘good deeds’ for other people, and he is probably the one behind most of the ideas of what’s being done. But we need to realize that Satan is content only as long as we don’t share with all those people the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And it’s sad to say, but that is the case most of the time.

So many well intentioned, great big , kind hearted and giving people are being mislead into thinking that it is not our ‘place’ as Christians to confront people about where they are at in their relationship with Christ. And even more serious than that is that we, as Christians, should never be confronting other people about sin. Why ? The reason they give is because we don’t want to hurt their feelings, or discourage them, or make them feel uncomfortable where they won’t want to come to church. And these misguided notions are being justified by the ‘half truth’ of ….’because you know we’re all just sinners saved by grace’. And because of that Christians are ‘just loving all over people’ right down to the gates of Hell, yet never sharing with them the Glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ that Paul talks about in Romans 1:16-17(look it up and read it out of the Amplified Bible)

Now let’s get down to our subject of “Being Stirred But Not Changed”. What we have just talked about is an ideology that has brought about the sad situation we find our Pastors and Evangelist and Church Leadership guilty of today. We find Pastors, Evangelist, and Church Leaders constantly on the search in trying to come up with new ideas of how to keep their congregations and other people that they deal with, stirred and excited. Although they won’t admit it, they are actually trying to compete with the world to get people to follow Christ (actually to follow them). And they have been convinced that in order to do that they must begin to use the same tools and the same tactics of drawing power that the world uses. They’ve been dooped into thinking that in order to reach the world you have to look like the world your reaching out to, and you have to use all the latest technology and techniques that the world uses. Thus that OLD saying, ‘when I looked for the church, I found it in the world…and when I looked for the world, I found it in the church’.

Many of you know exactly what I am talking about. Just be truthful about it, and call it for what it is…….because… it is what it is. Most Churches and most Church Worship Services you walk into today are exactly like entering into a Bruno Mars or a Taylor Swift opening act for a James Taylor concert and with all the lighting, sound effects and visuals of a Madonna concert. It is just unreal what our church buildings with all their colored lights, vibrating sound and tear jerking visuals look like today. Listen, Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, or the Grand Ole Opry sure doesn’t have anything over on our mega churches today. And the Foyers of most of our churches today look quite a bit like that new shopping strip in Missouri ‘The Branson Landing’. And every bit of all this glitz and glammer does nothing but promote a counterfeit experience of ‘Being Stirred But Not Changed’ as thousands every week walk out of our churches without ever having encountered Christ or His Saving Gospel.

Our Pastors and Evangelist and Church Leaders are on a continual run to get to the next Men’s Retreat or Bible Conference where they can ‘share’ with each other the latest ‘method’ or technique or some new ‘power phrase’ they can use to make them the latest ‘shock jock’ among their contemporaries. They all never seem to come back from these Men’s gatherings having grown spiritually, but they have returned having grown a lot better at making sinners feel more comfortable at church while they remain in their sin.

I’m always saddened when I go to a Revival or Crusade and listen to an Evangelist preach for a whole hour about what Christ went thru and accomplished, to pay for our sin and reconcile us back to God, but then when it comes time for the invitation they , for some reason, just don’t feel like all they have just shared about Christ is quite enough to reach those hard hearted sinners so they begin to tell the congregation some ‘sad shep story’ about some Godly momma that shared and prayed all her life for her baby boy to get saved and with her last breath on her death bed she ask her son one last time would he please give his heart and life to Jesus, and then she died. Then her son feeling so sad and guilty instead of turning to Jesus he turns to the bottle and gets drunk and has a car wreck and dies a lost sinner at the side of the road. And then the Evangelist will ask the congregation…hey are you here tonight without Christ ? Do you know someone who has prayed and prayed for you to get right with God…..may be it is your precious mother…or maybe your Godly father…..or maybe a grandmother that has raised you ever since you were a baby…wont you just come tonight and do it for them ??? And I just have to bite my lip from standing up right then and asking that Evangelist…..what’s the matter with you ? Don’t you think that sharing what Christ has done for them should be enough to convict and draw them to Christ ? Don’t tell me you really think this made up ‘sad shep story’ will go down into their hearts and make the kind of change in them that will bring about a new resurrected Life in them ? A new Life that will cause them to leave this service really truly changed from the inside out. Why, of course not, most of the time you have just have learned that just in case the Gospel of Christ didn’t touch them I might as well try to stir their emotions a little bit so that on their way out of church they will want to stop by our table and buy some of our products so they can remember how stirred they were that night. Oh my, what would we do without the good old ‘goose bump’ stories that are guaranteed to bring a person to tears but certainly never to repentance or maybe a self depredating joke or two that will make them laugh but certainly not bring them a lasting joy. Satan doesn’t really care what you say or what you use as long as it doesn’t point them to Christ.

My goodness, what has happened to the Church and it’s Leaders ?

Don’t Mistake The Means For The End

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In John 17 we get to share an intimate moment between Jesus, as man, speaking with The Father. Jesus had just finished teaching the disciples about the Vine & the Branches, what I personally like to call , “The Branch Life”. After that He then begins to tell them about some things that are soon to happen. He does this so they won’t be taken off guard or discouraged from all the false “spin” that would come out of these events in Jesus final days with them. And as usual the disciples did not understand the depth nor the meaning of what Jesus had shared with them.

Now that brings us right to the place here in John 17 where we are listening in on this very intimate moment between Jesus and His Father. And it is here that I want to talk about an important Truth that Jesus speaks of in these verses here in John 17. I would like to highlight the very last verses in this chapter, verses 18 thru 23.

These are the last few hours before Jesus would be entering into an event that would literally divide time as we know it. In our current calendar, of time and history, this event brought about what we know as BC and AD. These last few moments between Jesus and the Father are not only very touching but also very revealing as to His purpose in what He, as man, in obedience to the Father, is about to accomplish for the Father and for man.

In verse 21 Jesus reveals to us what the Father is doing thru His Son to prove to the world that Jesus is the Christ and that the Father has sent Him. God the Father in Jesus and Jesus in Him and Jesus in us and us in Him. The Oneness of the Godhead in Christ and Christ in us and us in Him and us sharing His Life with others. Loving God , loving each other…and His story never ends….as each one reaches one with The Way , The Truth, and The Life who we all know is Jesus Christ the Lord.

We are coming up on that time of the year when we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave. But it seems for some reason more emphasis has always been placed on Jesus crucifixion than on His resurrection. And I totally understand how absolutely wonderful it is to know that you have been forgiven, your debt has been paid in full, and you’ve been redeemed and reconciled back to God. It is a fact that justification, thru His death and by His shed blood on the cross, has been credited to your account. But I am encouraging you today, please, don’t stop at the cross when there is so much more to be found In Christ.

Jesus was redeeming you to one end. That, as forgiven sinners, redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ, there might be restored to you, Life, His Life, in you. The end is, that in being forgiven, we might have Life in His name and that we might be restored back to our true humanity, which is, God in the man, revealing in and thru man, who and what He is to the world. God created man for God to indwell. When man fell he became incomplete as God withdrew His Life from within man. Man was now not what God had created him to be. For man was created to be a dwelling place for God, but God, who is Holy, cannot dwell in an unholy dwelling place. So, we see that for man to function as God created for him to function, man needed to be forgiven and cleansed and reconciled back to God, so that God could once again come to live in man, and once again begin to reveal Himself thru man.

This is the Truth that I think so many Christians today are not seeing and because of that not living in the good of. The Truth, that, it is God at work in us and thru us. As verse 23 tells us, this is the Truth that convinces the world that Jesus is truly the Son of God and that God did send Him to us to be our Redeemer and Savior. They do not understand that it is not us working for Christ or us doing God’s work for Him. It is not our activity on Christ’s behave. But it is the activity of Christ in us and thru us that does the work of God. You may ask, “What is the work of God” ? Here it is: The work of God is, God at work. It is just that simple. You see, this is the relationship that restores us to our true humanity. It restores us to what God created us for. We can see that in Gen.1:26-27, in Gal. 2:20, Col. 1:27, and in Romans 12:1-3.

Yes, the time dividing event of history, the death of Christ on the cross, was not only necessary but  the ultimate act of Love……… But please, Don’t Mistake The Means For The End…… For…..

To God,the work of a man, is the measure, in which the Lord Jesus, by His Spirit, is working and behaving in and thru man, revealing His Character, in and thru man. Just like the Father once worked, by His Spirit, to reveal His character, in and thru Jesus Christ.

God’s purpose in Redemption was so that He could come and once again live within the man He created. I encourage you, this Resurrection Day, to begin to live in the good of this wonderful Truth.

In Christ

Friendship

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Oh the joy, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person

Having neither to weigh my thoughts or measure my words

But to pour them out just as they are

Chaff and grain together

Knowing that a faithful friend will take and sift them

Keep whats worth keeping

And with the breath of kindness

Blow the rest away

Unknown Author

A Disciple Of Christ

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The precious memories of when my dad would get so worked up while he was preaching and by the time he reached the end of his sermon he was so thankful about the LIFE he had found IN CHRIST JESUS that he would begin to share this charge to the congregation

THE CHARGE

I am apart of the fellowship of the unashamed
I have Holy Spirit power….for the dye has been cast
I have stepped over the line….for the decision has been made
I am a disciple of His

I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still
For my past is redeemed, my presence makes sense, and my future is secure

I am finished and done with low-living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, and colorless dreams
Tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living, and dwarfed goals

I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotion, popularity, or applause
I don’t have to be right, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded
For I now live by Faith, depend on His power, walk with His patience, relax in prayer, and labor in His Love

My face is set, my gate is fast, my home is Heaven , my mission is clear,
I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, turned away, lured away, diluted, or delayed…. Why ?

Because I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander at the maze of mediocrity

I won’t give up, let up, or shut up until I have stayed up, stored up, paid up, and prayed up, all to the Glory of God

I am a disciple of Jesus Christ…therefore, I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till all know, and work till He stops me

And when He comes for His own ….He will have no problem in recognizing me …for my banner will be clear.

Philippians 3:14

I press towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of God IN CHRIST JESUS

Are You Working For or Available To…….Christ

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Let me ask you something. Do you know that it is not for us… TO DO ? But…it is for us… TO BE ! We are TO BE…available….that’s right. We are TO BE available to Christ for…. HIM TO DO, what only He can do, in and through us, by His Holy Spirit. So it is God’s TO DO and mine TO BE. So let me ask you…Are you BEING what God intends for you TO BE…..available to Him……..as an empty vessel, an instrument of HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS that is worked out moment by moment, day by day, situation by situation, and circumstance by circumstance, in and though us as we yield and make available TO HIM our bodies…..His Temple…..His Dwelling Place on earth. So let me ask you……are you WORKING FOR Jesus…..or are you… BEING AVAILABLE to Jesus… for HIM TO WORK in and through you, what ONLY HE CAN DO…..?

And that is….

LIVE THE CHRISTIAN LIFE……HE IS THE LIFE…AND ONLY HE CAN LIVE IT

This Is The Church In Action

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Whose activity is being worked out in your church ? Let’s just look at just a couple of examples of the planning, organizing, executing, and final results of a “mission trip” to some “unreached people groups” that we find in the Bible. Lets first look at Acts 8:26-40 a very familiar story of Phillip and the Ethiopian eunuch. Phillip was in Samaria right in the middle of a great moving and working of God that was bringing great joy to that city, and to the people who came to hear Phillip speak.  In verse 26 we read where and Angel of the Lord told Phillip to GO out to a desert road that leads into Gaza and then to walk along side of a chariot that was going down that road. So Phillip WENT as he was told to do and when he obeyed he found himself in a conversation with the eunuch who was reading the scriptures which led Phillip into sharing Christ with the eunuch which resulted in the eunuch being saved and baptised.
Now let’s look on further in Acts to chapter 9 beginning in verse 10 thru 20. Here we see Ananias being told by the Lord to GO to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man named Saul. So Ananias , even though he was a little fearful about Saul, WENT as he was commanded by the Lord , shared with Saul the message of the Lord Jesus and Saul was saved and baptised. Now ,  just one more example, let’s go on into Acts beginning in chapter 10 all the way thru to 11:18. Here we see where once again the Lord spoke to Peter and told him to GO with the men that would take him to a man named Cornelius who was waiting on Peter in Caesarea with his family and some other friends he had invited to be there also. So Peter WENT as the Lord had told him to and shared with Cornelius and all the other people who was gathered there with him about the Lord Jesus. In verse 44 we see that the Holy Spirit came upon all that was there and they were baptised. This particular “mission trip” was a very big deal, because Salvation had come to the Gentiles, one of the biggest “unreached people groups” of that time.
Now, let me just ask you. How much planning, and organizing and fund-raising was done by or for Phillip, Ananias, or Peter ? How much training in multiplication did they have to go thru before they left ? Well, it is very obvious that all 3 of these men had everything they needed to carry out the great commission God had given them. And what was that ? They all 3 were simply available to God who was in them to accomplish His work in and thru them.
Now that’s the way to reach those “unreached people groups”.This, that we have read here in Acts, is the Church In Action. Let me ask you to think about something. Who’s activity is being worked out in your church ?

The Largest and Ever Growing Unreached People Group

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2 Timothy 4:1-5 In the presence of God and of Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of His appearing and His kingdom, I give you this charge: PREACH THE WORD; be prepared in season and out of season ; correct, rebuke and encourage with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

1 & 2 Timothy is what we could call the neurology book of the bible. Neurology being the study and science of the nervous system. Pastors are kind of like that, they are like the nerve center of the body. They carry the message from the Head, which is Jesus Christ, to the body, which is the church.
In 1 & 2 Timothy we can see and almost feel the things that Paul was concerned about when it came to Timothy and the church. Paul knew his time on earth was nearing an end and he wanted to instruct Timothy on the things that Paul felt were what a Pastor and a church should be and do. Paul pretty much covers every area of pastoral duties and church responsibility. Yet as we read these 2 letters to Timothy there are some very obvious things that Paul is not instructing Timothy on, like what kind of events for Timothy and the church to have in order to draw more people into the church, or how to form strategy groups and committees to come up with new ways in which to keep them in church once you have enticed them there. But what we see Paul doing here in this scripture is charging Timothy to PREACH THE WORD, and in 1 Timothy 4:13 he tells Timothy to devote his self to the public reading of the scriptures, and then to the preaching and teaching of them. In verse 15 Paul says for Timothy to be diligent in these matters and give his self wholly to them, and that if he would do this he would save his self and his hearers. I think that devoting your self wholly to these things Paul has mentioned here leaves very little time for anything else. Yet we find that todays churches look more like Christian Event Centers or Social Clubs that are far from the church that Paul is talking about here in Timothy. This Pastor and church that we find here in these 2 letters to Timothy is exactly what is needed in todays Star stricken, Hollywood Idols, Reality TV world that we live in.

Look at our churches right now in America, and it doesn’t matter what denomination they are or what Doctrines they hold to. They resemble everything from a sold out stadium concert event, to a quiet comfortable evening at home with a few friends. Just read your Christian magazines and blogs, your Christian Books and Music. Todays churches, and their Pastors, and the life stories coming out of them, look no different from what we see coming out of Hollywood, Nashville, Branson, New York or Las Vegas. Just go into a Christian Concert today, you can’t tell the difference between them and any other group you see at the Grammys. Just look at our churches, walk into them and you can’t tell the difference between them and the local Country Club, Chamber of Commerce, Masons, or Community Center. There are Movie Stars and Rock Stars out there who are helping the poor and feeding the hungry, they are caring for the children and  building homes for the homeless, and this is all  good things for them to do. But look at their sinful immoral lifestyles which reveal that God is not the origin and source of what they are doing. And the sad thing is that I feel safe in saying that God is not the origin and source of many of the things that we see being done in our churches today either. We need to remember that the bible says that our righteousness is as filthy rags as opposed to His righteousness in us being worked out thru us by His Holy Spirit. Our Churches today look like Convention Centers and they operate like them too. And our young Pastors today, they can best be described as “Shock Jocks” who spend their time trying to “one-up” each other with some new angle on looking at a scripture and then try to come up with a statement meant to cause their congregations to gasp in shock as the Pastor says “just trying to keep it real people”. They think the only book in the whole bible worth preaching on is the Song of Solomon, and the only topic worth teaching on is marriage. These Pastors and churches aren’t satisfied until they have planned some activity for every day of the week, and even going as far as to sometimes cancel regular church  for these activities, leaving no time at all for personal witnessing or sharing the Gospel to the lost people around them. This entertainment and soul massaging is the very cause of these Pastors and church members being stirred but never changed.  And these are the things that are creating this ever-growing unreached people group.

This unreached people group is totally content and fully satisfied with hearing their Pastor preach the Word and even being rebuked or corrected by him if necessary for their spiritual growth and maturity in the Lord. Because the desire of their hearts is to know God and to live in the power of His Life in them. Any rebuke or correction from a Pastor or a brother or sister in the Lord doesn’t offend them or make them feel bad about their selves,  they simply allow the Lord to take the truth of what has been said to them and work that truth out in their lives so the end result will be they have been conformed more into the image of Jesus Christ.  Their chills and thrills come from being encouraged and edified by their brother and sisters in the Lord, and by the joy of hearing the word of God preached without compromise and with practical application to their lives so that they can go out into the communities that they live in and be salt and light to the world around them, and go out into their communities and share the gospel. But most importantly their chills and thrills come from an intimate moment by moment relationship with Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior who died for them for the sole purpose so that He could then come and live in them by the power of His Holy Spirit. This unreached people group is looking for God’s activity….. not man’s .

This unreached people group is NOT looking for a Broadway Musical, or a Woodstock Concert, they are not looking for strobe lights, fire optics or big sub woofers, they are not looking for a barn or a rodeo arena, a rehab or a weight loss center with a gym, their not looking for bingo, bake sales , bean dinners, or car washes, and they’re not looking for Christian Fiction Libraries full of self-help books, and they sure aren’t looking for someone to pay for their 10 to 20 day vacation in some foreign country. Most so-called missionary trips today are not going there to preach and teach the Gospel of Christ, they are going there to paint houses or put on roofs. You can’t even begin to compare that with missionaries like Elisabeth Elliott and what she did. She left all to go live and share Christ with those people. Another thing, this unreached people group doesn’t care whether you are a cowboy or a biker, a banker or a farmer, they don’t care if you are rich or poor, educated or uneducated. This unreached people group isn’t interested in tacking Jesus on to who they are and what they like to do, and then build their churches around that lifestyle and time-table. They don’t care what you used to be, whether a drunkard, a prostitute, an addict or a criminal. It doesn’t matter to them if you have nice suits or jeans and a t-shirt, because since the day Jesus came into their heart and God so wonderfully changed them, they feel right at home with and content and satisfied to worship with any other Christian who loves to hear the whole counsel of God preached , and preached without fluff and without compromise.

This unreached people group is looking for a Pastor and a church that PREACH THE WORD  in season and out of season with patience and careful instruction. They are looking for a Pastor who will devote himself to the public reading of the Word of God and then to the preaching and teaching of that Word, and a Pastor who will give himself wholly to that. They are looking for a church where brothers and sisters in the Lord encourage and edify one another with patience, gentleness, kindness and long-suffering. They are looking for a Pastor and a church that will use the Word of God to teach them, rebuke and correct them, and train them in righteousness so that they will be thoroughly equipped for every good work. This unreached people group is simply looking for the church and pastor they read about here in Paul’s letters to Timothy.

My question to you is ….Who will reach out to this unreached people group ??

And my answer is….Here am I Lord…..Send me

Don’t Stop At The Cross ! There Is So Much More ! Romans 5:10

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God in us…..actually Alive under our skin….teaching our minds, controling our emotions, directing our will and by doing that God then governs our behavior so that when people look at us they see what God is like. It is a derived image because God Himself is the origin and source of all His activity in and thru us. We don’t imitate Him. God is not our example. God is our Life. We are reconciled and forgiven by His death but we are Saved by His Life Romans 5:10. God’s whole purpose in creating man was so that He could reveal who and what He is in and thru the man He created Genesis 1:26-27. DON’T STOP AT THE CROSS ! The purpose of the cross was the NEED of the RESURRECTION. RESURRECTION LIFE is what dead people need. Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, John 10:10